16 January 2018
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Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko's remarks at the Hermitage Foundation UK reception

Ladies and gentlemen,

It’s a great tradition for us to host Hermitage Foundation UK here every year. It is an honour to meet the people who make such an outstanding contribution to this great museum which was named Best Tourist Destination of Europe last year. We know and appreciate your effort and dedication. And this year a very important and little known part of the Hermitage treasures is on tour at the British Museum – I’m sure you have seen the breath-taking Scythians exhibition there.

This year is also the centenary of the dramatic events of 1917 that changed Russia and the world – and the Hermitage hosted a must-see exhibition, a short film about which you can see today in our library.

One more important highlight for today is the launch of the book – “Natter’s Museum Britannicum British Gem Collections and Collectors of the mid-Eighteenth Century”. It will be presented by Sir John Boardman.

So we have more than one reason to celebrate art tonight. But there is still one more. Let us greet Dr Rosalind Polly Blakesley. She is the renowned specialist in Russian classical painting, author of the award-winning book “The Russian Canvas” and the curator of the highly successful “Russia and the Arts: The Age of Tolstoy and Tchaikovsky” exhibition of the Tretyakov Gallery portraits at the National Portrait Gallery, which became a highlight of The Year of Language and Literature 2016. Today I have the pleasure, on behalf of the President of the Russian Federation to award Dr Blakesley with the Pushkin medal. This is the medal, named after our national poet, awarded for outstanding contribution to culture to Russian and foreign nationals.

Ladies and gentlemen, a round of applause for Dr Blakesley.

I would like to give the floor to the Chairman of the trustees of the Foundation James Dawney who will be followed by Sir John Boardman.





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